Congratulations to Nancy Klinedinst and Starla Sieveke-Pearson, principals at Yale Elementary School and Aurora Frontier K-8, respectively, who earned the 2012 Distinguished Principal of the Year honors.
The award recognizes principals who demonstrate outstanding leadership and success at their schools.
Klinedinst, who is in her fourth year at Yale, has held a variety of positions in her career between Colorado and South Dakota, including classroom teacher, gifted educational instructor and building-level administrator. Her wide range of experience has been her best teacher.
“With experience also comes understanding for motivation behind behaviors of adults as well as children, and in this business of education, it is all about the people,” Klinedinst said.
Before becoming principal of Aurora Frontier K-8 four years ago, Sieveke-Pearson served as an assistant principal in Douglas County Schools and has held leadership positions in local and national organizations. In addition to her intense study of leadership theories, she credits her 25-year career in education to those she learned from along the way.
“I borrow from the best, with pride,” Sieveke-Pearson said. “I am not a perfect leader – far from it; I am a human leader who leads with a wacky combination of heart and intellect.”